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December 07, 1913 - Image 3

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Bayard Veiller's Absorbing Play Will
Appear at Whitney Theatre
December 17.
One of the genuine treats of the lo-
cal theatrical season is foreshadowed in
the announcement that "Within the
Law," Bayard Veiller's absorbing new
play of modern American life which
scored so heavily on its first visit, will
play a return engagement with the same
cast as before at the Whitney Theatre,
December 17, matinee and night.
This deservedly successful drama,
possessing the most engrossing human
which has been critically commended as
interest story given the stage in a de-
cade, has for its central character, a
pretty and quick-witted young woman
who is falsely accused and wrongfully
convicted of stealing from her employ-
er. She serves three years in prison,
comes out determined to "go straight,"
is betrayed time and time again by the
police, and finally is forced to abandon
the effort to honestly earn a livelihood
and live by her wits.
She prospers by the use of many
devices; outswindles swindlers, con-

Third Degree," to
Dcc 8,

be presented at the Whitney Theatre,
9, 10.


ie Third Degree.
In Wrong.
Claudia Smiles.
the Lnw.
agement. )



r Jolly



A wholesome, breezy presence, a con-
fiding and captivating smile, a rare
sense of humor and the ability to con-
vey it to others, a positive genius for
singing and popularizing tuneful and
timely songs with her exquisite diction
and melodious voice, these are some of
the reasons why Blanche Ring, who
comes to the Whitney Theatre Monday,
December 15, in her new musical com-
edy, "When Claudia Smiles," is the suc-
cessful and popular star that she is to-
day. And, as Miss Ring always brings
a good company, lots of pretty girls,'
pretty costumes and scenery, and catchy
songs, she is always certain of a hearty
welcome when she visits this city.
"When Claudia Smiles," written ex-
pressly for the cheerful comedienne
by Anne Caldwell, author of "The Lady
of the Slipper," gives Miss Ring the op-
portunity of portraying a consistent
character in a well devised and skill-
fully constructed play, and not merely
the conventional musical comedy frame
work for the exploitation of girls and
musical numbers. The songs of "When
Claudia Smiles," are introduced natur-
ally and are, in a manner, germane to
the story. Miss Iing plays a Broadway
show girl who having divorced her hus-
band is not averse to trying the matri-
monial game again-which is a sufficient'
initiative for fast and furious fun when
Blanche Ring and jolly Harry Conor
are on hand to help along the complica-
It is promised, and with every indi-
cation of sincerity, that Miss Ring's
present company is the best that has
ever been mustered in her support. Pro-
minent members include dainty Marion
Sunshine, well remembered for her
work in the vaudeville team of Tem-
pest and Sunshine; Bertha Mann, a tal-
ented young leading woman of real his-
trionic gifts; John J. Scannell, an ec-
centric dancer of originality; Charles
'. Winninger, an able character actor.
and Florence Edney, excellent in grande
dame roles. Manager Frederic McKay
has secured eight beautiful show girls
who play the lesser roles and wear
stunning modish frocks, and eight danc-
ing "ponies" with youth, good looks and
agility to recommend them. There are
no chorus men. The scenic setting will
be admired, the action of the play tak-
ing place at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel,

"The Spendthrift," Porter L. Browne's
Popular Play Discusses
Vital Problem.
Among the successful plays touring
the West last year, "The Thief," by
Henri Bernstein stands out conspicuous-
ly on account of the excellence of its
cast and scenery. This attraction, un-
der the direction of C. S. Primrose, was
the most popular moderate priced offer-
ing in several seasons. Those who
were fortunate enough to see Miss Ma-
rion Sherwood in the part of Marie
Louise Voysin, the erring wife, are not
likely to forget her splendid acting on
that occasion. Gifted with a rare type
of Southern beauty, a clear enunciation
born in the cultivation of a rich con-
tralto voice, combined with a winning
grace of manner, pleasing personality
and great dramatic talent, Miss Sher-
wood's appearance is heralded from
coast to coast.
In Bloomington, Illinois recently-the
home of Margaret Illington-newspaper
men and critics proclaimed Miss Sher-
wood's success equal to Miss Illington's
in the original production. Inspired by
such results, Mr. Primrose is present-
ing Miss Sherwood this season in a new
starring vehicle, "The Spendthrift," a
play dealing with the present important
problem of the high cost of living, from
the pen of Porter Emerson Browne,
author of "A Fool There Was" and
other successes.
"The Spendthrift" offers Miss Sher-
wood a splendid opportunity for effec-
tive acting in the part of a respectable.
conventional wife, living beyond her
husband's income, with the result that
his financial state assumes alarming con-
diti ps. To relieve the situation Fran-
ces, the wife, negotiates a loan of $20,-
ooo, Innocent in motive, she declares
she borrowed the money from a wealthy
aunt who in turn being thanked by the
husband for her timely aid, bluntly
states that she had loaned no money
to Frances. In the belief that his wife
has profaned the honor of her home,
the husband disappears. Left on her
own resources and believing he has for-
saken her, the innocent wife leaves
home and becomes a governess. Inves-
tigation and more mature consideration
of facts have in the meantime convinced
the husband-now reduced to a small
salaried position-that his wife and not
himself has been the wronged one. The
final discovery of her whereabouts and
their reconciliation furnish a happy con-
clusion to the play.
"The Spendthrift" will appear at the
Whitney theatre Tuesday, December 6.
The Princess theatre in New York
has offered a prize of $500 for the best
one-act play submitted before February
i by a student of Harvard, Columbia,
Pennsylvania, Princeton, Cornell, Yale,
Vassar, Barnard, or Bryn Mawr. The
judges will be Mr. Lee Schubert, Mr.
W. M. Brady, Mr. Morris Guest, Mr.
F. Ray Comstock, and Mr. Blum.

The popularity of musical comed
tabloid form has been so extraor
that managers all over the counti
preparing condensed versions of
cessful plays. The first of these
matic tabloids to be presented in
Arbor will he Charles Klein's
Third Degree." which comes t(
\Whitney theatre for three nighi
ginning Monday, December 8. I
only by guaranteeing a certain sti
money, thus insuring the con
against loss, and by offering a
days' engagement that Manager
was able to obtain this attraction,
will be offered at popular prices.
In "The Third Degree" Mr. Klei
fabricated a very interesting me
m Young Howard Jeffries drift
the apartments of his friend, R
Underwood, and, dreary with
drinks, sinks deeply asleep upon
sofa. While Jeffries is sleeping,
derwood kills himself. Some hou
terwards, Jeffries is discovered
to find his way out of the apart
and is accused of murdering his f
He tells the truth but is doubted.
police acptain strives for seven coi
tive hours, by every means of ps
logic torture, to make him adm
crime. At last the befuddled mi
Jeffries is weakened beyond ca
for further resistance, and in a si
hypnosis, he repeates word for w
con fession that the captain form
and thrusts upon him.
Jeffries, whose family is very
has already been disowned by his
er for marrying a waitress. His
er now believes him guilty of m
and refuses to stand by him. His
friend is the wife with whom the
ily will not associate. This girl,
Jeffries, though vulgar and unedu
is a person of simple truth and
fastness of character. Alone and d
lessly she fights for her husband's
domi. By persistency of appeal si
timately enlists the services of an
nent lawyer, Richard Brewster. vw
obliged to sacrifice his lucrative
tice with the elder Jeffries when, a.
the latter's will, he espouses the
of the son. Brewster, with -the a
ance of Annie, finally establishe
innocence of Annie's husband; an
various members of the Jeffries I
gradually awaken to a realizatic
her worth.
In Annie Jeffries, originally p
by Helen Ware, the author has d
a genuine and appealing human f
the truest character that Mr. Klei
ever given to the stage.
Dainty Marion Sunshine, wh
Blanche Ring's leading lady in
Claudia Smiles," has had an inter(
stage career. For several season
was a member of the popular tea
Tempest & Sunshine, one of the fea
of vaudeville.


ducts a blackmailing operation on per "within the law." At last she revenges
fectly legal lines, fortifies herself against herself upon the man who sent her un-
police interference by effective lawful justly to prison by luring his son into
defense, but remains herself always rjarriage.

Charles Klein's "The TI
Is Impressive as Pr

A Scene from "In Wrong," a tabloid musical comedy at the Whitney Theatre December 11, 12, and I

in "When Claudia $miles," a; the Whitney Theatre, Nvonday evening, December 15.

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